"Thoughts on Painting"

Just Doing It

I heard a Radiolab episode the other day in which Elizabeth Gilbert, author of the insanely popular book, "Eat, Pray, Love," talked about the idea of creative genius in the third person. The episode is called "Me, Myself, and Muse." Apparently, it's really not that psychologically questionable to talk to the air or the wall while creating. You're dealing with forces, after all. Why not engage them in conversation from time to time? I love Elizabeth's perspective. Placing the responsibility of making "Something" happen on some entity outside myself takes all the pressure, focus, and attention off of me during the creative process. This concept is nothing new. In fact it's been revered and honored for millennia. And it suits me just fine.

Third of three plein air sketches

Third of three plein air sketches

I've had some interesting, vague ideas percolating for a while... ideas for paintings, things I'd like to do without really having a clear vision of an end result, which is as it should be. It's time now to show up and get to work. As a favorite painter, Richard Diebenkorn, is quoted as saying: "I can never accomplish what I want—only what I would have wanted had I thought of it beforehand." In other words, no point in setting out to "accomplish" something. Just get out (or go in) and do it.

So that's what I'm doing...

Posted here are three sketches from a session out in "my" field (I'm making it my field) this evening, about 6 x 8", acrylic on sized paper. I'm posting in reverse order, last one first (above), because apparently I loosened up during the 90-minute bare-footed paint-fest.

Second of three...

Second of three...

First of three... posting here against my better judgement, but hopefully making clear the progression.

First of three... posting here against my better judgement, but hopefully making clear the progression.

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